Sutton Creek Golf Club

Admirals host fifth annual golf tournament



By Christian Bouchard


The Amherstburg Admirals traded in their sticks for clubs as they celebrated their fifth annual Fall Classic golf tournament this past weekend.

Admirals players, coaches, families and friends golfed at Sutton Creek Golf Club on Sunday for the team’s annual fundraiser. Cory Burns and his team won the overall tournament shooting 18 under par and a total of 54 strokes.

While final numbers are not available yet, general manager/head coach Paul Bortignon estimates 13-14 groups participated.

Victoria Hilton goes for the green during the fifth annual Fall Classic golf tournament presented in wet conditions Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Course in McGregor.

“Aside from the weather, I thought everything went well,” said Bortignon. “We had a ton of support from the community and all the guys had fun”.

Just a few days before their season opener, the Admirals have set the roster to the 23-player limit. He added they are excited about the players they’ve added and with the returning players but stated there wasn’t a lot of time to prepare before the season opener in Essex, which was played Tuesday night after this issue of the River Town Times went to press.

Ty Moss and Dean Deluca were among many of the rookies who Bortignon said would have a lot of impact for the team. He added Andrew Clark, a 2000 player from Windsor, is more than likely going to be the biggest surprise.

“What he brings on the penalty kill, in energy alone, and especially in the face-off circle, I think he’s going to wow some people in the organization this year,” added Bortignon.

Admirals goalie Ben Larder chips one towards the hole.

With the addition of a handful of rookies being added to the roster, the Admirals will rely heavily on veteran presence to lead the team. Now entering his fifth year with the team, Bortignon said he’s thrilled with what he’s seen from his team’s leaders.

“I really think the leadership we have this year with Austin Jennings as our Captain, Travis Campbell, Cory Burns and Caleb Paquette wearing the As, it may be the best leadership we’ve had in five years,” said Bortignon.

Along with players taking on bigger leadership roles, he stressed the importance of taking it one game at a time and trying to get as many points as possible early in the season.

“When you look at the last 30 games last year, we had the best record in the league,” he said. “That still put us in the fourth spot going into playoffs. If you can get one of the top three seeds in the league, that saves you a round of torture in the playoffs. So for us, that’s a huge goal.”

The Admirals concluded the pre-season with a 5-2 win in Wheatley last Friday. The Admirals’ first home game is Sept. 23 against the Dresden Kings at 7 p.m.


Miracle League golf tournament brings in 135 golfers



By Ron Giofu


The Miracle League of Amherstburg presented its ninth annual golf tournament last Saturday and organizers are pleased with the results.

The tournament was held at Sutton Creek Golf Club with Miracle League board member and tournament organizing committee member Michele Vigneux noting that there were approximately 135 golfers.

“In our estimation, it’s really good support,” said Vigneux. “I think we only had two open teams left.”

Vigneux said the public understands that Miracle League is something worthwhile to support.

Katelyn Elder, Rachele McCandless and Diane Patterson were three of the many volunteers that helped out with the Miracle League’s golf tournament.

“I think people know it’s a good cause,” she said. “People know every cent we earn goes to the athletes and we’re really trying to do big things for the athletes.”

Golfers also know that the Miracle League tournament is a good one, Vigneux added, stating as many as seven trips were raffled off as part of last Saturday’s event.

Proceeds will go towards the new wheelchair swing, located as part of the accessible playground at the Libro Centre. That playground is situated next to the Miracle League baseball diamond.

“A big chunk of the money will go to finishing off the swing,” said Vigneux.

Other costs associated with the swing include brickwork and fencing, she said.

The Miracle League of Amherstburg is also sending four local athletes to the Miracle League all-star game in Findlay, Ohio in September, she added. A portion of the proceeds will be used to cover their costs.

The Miracle League is thankful for the corporate sponsors and donations they receive. This year’s golf tournament ambassador was Julien Miron, who plays on the Thunder team.

“I love Miracle League! It gives me the chance to play baseball!” exclaimed Julien, at the post-tournament dinner.

Julien said he sees a lot of friends and makes new ones thanks to Miracle League. His mother Louanne Miron also spoke highly of the Miracle League.

Joe Barichello, Gord Ross, Dale Kryway and Jeremy D’Alimonte were one of the foursomes in the Aug. 18 golf tournament that benefitted the Miracle League of Amherstburg.

Louanne said the players that are enrolled in the Miracle League of Amherstburg can enjoy baseball as well.

“They are differently abled,” she said. “They can do everything we can do. They can play baseball and play very well.”

Louanne added that the volunteers who put Miracle League on for eight weeks in the spring and eight weeks in the fall sacrifice their Saturdays to make it happen.

“All of these things are possible because of the people surrounding this league,” she said.

The tenth annual Miracle League golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 17, 2019.


Community Living Essex County golf tournament attracts 108 golfers



By Ron Giofu


Community Living Essex County’s annual golf tournament was down in the number of golfers this year but did see an increase in sponsorships this year.

Manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis said there were a total of 108 golfers this year. The tournament was played last Thursday at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor.

“We’re down a little bit from last year,” DeSantis said regarding the number of golfers. “We’re up with the corporate sponsors.”

Leamington won the “Municipal Cup” again this year as having the lowest score among the municipal teams that competed in the Community Living Essex County (CLEC) golf tournament. From left: Community Living Essex County executive director Karen Bolger, Paul Barnable, CAO Peter Neufeld, Mayor John Paterson, Rob Sharon and CLEC manager of community relations and resource development Tony DeSantis.

This was the 28th annual golf tournament and tenth straight year where the Municipal Cup was awarded. The Municipal Cup goes to the municipal team with the best score, with Leamington winning it once again this year.

Other towns that entered this year included Amherstburg, Lakeshore, LaSalle and Kingsville.

“It was a really nice day,” said DeSantis.

DeSantis thanked the sponsors, Sutton Creek Golf Club as well as the golfers for the support. He also was grateful for the support from the municipalities.

“We provide services right across Essex County,” said DeSantis. “We wouldn’t be able to do that without the support of our municipalities.”

CLEC executive director Karen Bolger also expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and golfers that were part of this year’s event.

“We can’t thank you enough,” said Bolger.

Bolger pointed out that Community Living Essex County supports over 700 people with intellectual disabilities and their families across Essex County.

Dave Mickle, who competed in the Community Living Essex County and won for straightest drive, stands with Team Amherstburg members. The municipal team included Sandy Lindsay, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, Kyle Spearing and Councillor Leo Meloche.

“The proceeds from this event go directly to the people we support,” said Bolger. “The proceeds from the tournament help families of children and youth throughout the summer months to ensure supports are provided to allow children to be involved in summer camps, recreation and leisure activities while children are out of school. The funds also support four teen groups throughout Essex County.”

A final fundraising total has not been released as of yet.

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“Golf for Kyle” helps local Special Olympian with his travel expenses



By Ron Giofu


For the third straight year, a golf tournament has been held to assist a local Special Olympian with his travels.

“Golf for Kyle” was held June 23 at Sutton Creek Golf Club near McGregor with proceeds benefitting Kyle Spearing. Spearing, a 26-year-old Special Olympian, practices out of Sutton Creek under the guidance of coach Cory LaJeunesse.

“We’re heading to the Special Olympics Canada national games,” said LaJeunesse.

The golf tournament will be played July 29-Aug. 5 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

The “Golf for Kyle” tournament featured 58 golfers and 78 in total for dinner. Spearing said he felt good and was excited to see so many people come out to support him and his efforts.

“My uncle came from Pittsburgh,” said Spearing, noting that other friends and supporters also came out to support him.

Kyle Spearing (foreground) practices his putting prior to the golf tournament in his honour June 23. Watching him is his coach Cory LaJeunesse from Sutton Creek Golf Club.

Spearing said he played a round of golf that morning prior to the tournament. He has already seen tournament action this year, including a tournament near Whitby.

“We played a couple of courses there,” he said.

While a final total from the “Golf for Kyle” tournament was not available as of press time, LaJeunesse’s early estimate was that it would raise in the neighbourhood of $5-6,000. Money raised through the tournament is held in a trust, LaJeunesse added, and used to help send Spearing to the Special Olympics tournaments he travels to. Previous tournaments have been in Hilton Head and Seattle.

Depending on how he does at the national tournament, Spearing could qualify for the Special Olympics world tournament. LaJeunesse said that has always been the goal but noted there is a relatively quick turnaround as that tournament would be held in March.

Spearing emphasized how appreciative he was to the people that turned out last Saturday and others who have helped him.

“Thanks to the community for all of the support,” he said.

Admirals golf tournament features highest number of golfers yet



By Ron Giofu


Organizers of the annual Amherstburg Integrity Admirals golf tournament were pleased with the results.

While a final total is not available yet, organizer Mary Ewer and team co-owner Wes Ewer were happy with how things turned out Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club.

“We had such a great response from the community and the parents for our door prizes,” said Mary. “It was the best we’ve ever had. The community came together. It was unbelievable.”

Eighty golfers hit the links, with Mary adding “it’s the best we’ve had.” There were 26 additional people that joined them for dinner.

“These are families that couldn’t join us for golf but could for dinner,” she said.

T.J. McWhinnie (left) and Ted Jacob were two of the members of the winning team in the Admirals’ golf tournament Sunday at Sutton Creek Golf Club. Mike Souligny (not pictured) was the other member of the winning team.

With friends, friends of friends and members of the community joining the team and their families, Wes believes the early results will be positive.

“It will be one of the more profitable years, for sure,” he said.

Mary said a strong local contingent on the team helped, with Wes noting that all proceeds will go towards the general operation of doing business.

Head coach/general manager Paul Bortignon said they have got the roster down to the 23 player limit. He added the team is appreciative of all the support from the families and the community as a whole.

“We’re all looking forward to a great year,” said Bortignon. “We are extremely excited. Hopefully we can finally deliver the championship to Amherstburg that we’ve been desperately seeking the last five years.”

T.J. McWhinnie, Ted Jacob and Mike Souligny were the winning team. Susan Campbell was the closest to the pin for the women while Mary Ewer had the longest drive for the women. In those same two categories, Cory Burns and Souligny won the honours among the men.

Skins were won by Mary Ewer, Kieth Ewer, Brett Corey and Doug Middleton.

Amherstburg concluded the pre-season with a 2-1 win in Essex last Tuesday and a 5-4 overtime loss in Lakeshore last Friday night. The Admirals open the 2017-18 regular season at home Sunday night with a 7 p.m. game against the visiting Petrolia Flyers.